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October 2008

Craft makes a comeback: Monocle on “Made in Europe” and the rise of real provenance. Plus, all the finishing touches in our Accessories Directory.

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Travel briefing

The world's highest hotel opens in Shanghai, a Q&A with Priya Paul of India's Park Hotels, plus essential Lisbon addresses.

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Back on the radar

Spanish shipbuilders have seen out the storms and now, thanks to booming global demand, their order books are full. But as the yards launch ships for the Australian navy and the world’s biggest dredgers, could the tide turn…

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The Big Frieze

A London October used to be known for falling leaves, drizzle and an uneventful art sales calendar. Auction house Sotheby’s saved its strength – and its best lots – for New York’s crucial sales in November. But then, in…

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Montserrat

Montserrat, the original heart of Buenos Aires, blends architectural elegance with the bustle of a small town where the shopkeepers know your name. Close to the centre but far from the tourist crush, it’s ideal for a pied…

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Azteca camera

To round off our series on the foreign media’s coverage of the US presidential campaigns, we talk to Armando Guzmán of Mexico’s TV Azteca about crossed wires and counter immigration.

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Expo. 17: American forces network

The American Forces Network has the largest geographical coverage of any media network in the world. Its 1,100 staff serve 800,000 overseas troops in even the remotest locations with a mix of entertainment, film, sport and…

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New woman

Unlike many other Russian dissidents, veteran broadcaster Irena Lesnevskaya has never considered emigration and, as editor-in-chief since 2007 of opposition weekly news magazine The New Times, has dared to speak out against…

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Culture briefing

**Film:** Beat the encroaching winter blues with our international film-festival round-up **Books:** China's internal migrants, displaced Metro announcers and a sideways glance at the art of presidential races **Art:**…

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Dream team

As the US presidential elections draw closer, at Monocle we’ve been turning our attention to who we’d like to see in the Cabinet. From CEOs to hip hop moguls, we’ve found a team who could change America’s image around the…

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Europe briefing

Four young countries hold autumn elections, Finland's celebrity priests cause consternation, and Italy's drivers have a death wish.

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Americas briefing

The Brazilian president's choice of transport, crimefighting in El Salvador and why brows are furrowed over a new three-wheeler in the US.

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Welcome home

From fashion through to toys, outsourced production lines are closing down and the spotlight is being placed firmly back on local industries and economies. As well as the individual benefits companies stand to gain from…

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Oceania briefing

Australia tackles tax evasion on Vanuatu, New Zealand uses music to fight antisocial behaviour and the tiny state of Timor-Leste gets its own airline.

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Architecture/design briefing

**Briefing:** A Danish bag designer goes back to school, a pair of Japanese brothers fall in love with Bolivia, and a Swedish and an American shoe company cosy up for a collaboration.

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Fashion briefing

A Danish bag designer goes back to school, a pair of Japanese brothers fall in love with Bolivia, and a Swedish and an American shoe company cosy up for a collaboration.

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Inventory no.17

New guide books from Le Cool, retro Portuguese soaps, elegant Japanese disposable plates, Swiss wooden toys, plus a special round-up of chewing gum brands from around the world.

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Capital idea

Founded 32 years ago, Nigerian capital Abuja was a utopian dream. But it became marred by corruption and few could afford to live there. Today, as the cranes return, its new minister is attempting to forge a truly African…

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